Papa Roach lead singer Jacoby Shaddix says that this is one of the most revealing songs he's written. Shaddix has always been prone to alcoholism and self-destruction, and this song finds him addressing his wife, Kelly, who he married in 1997. Throughout their marriage, he has fought his demons, which have wreaked havoc in their relationship. They always get through it, but sometimes he feels that he needs to move on, for her sake as well as his.
Pouring your heart out like this is not easy for a songwriter, but for Shaddix it's an essential part of his healing process, and it's also how he connects with the fans. In our 2015 interview
, he explained: "The more we dig deep and the more I reveal about what I'm really going through in my life, the deeper the connection is with our fans. And 'Scars' is one of those songs."